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The U Review
September 2014

Mark Your Calendar:
The First Annual Wheels 4 Paws Charity Motorcycle Ride to Benefit Monadnock Humane Society
Date: Saturday, September 6, 2014
Time: Registration opens at 10:00 a.m.; Ride begins at Noon; After Party from 3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Place: Starts & ends at Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Rd. Swanzey, NH
Questions regarding the route or participating along the route, contact Max Mitchell at or call 603-582-8233. For more information on the event, and for ride requirements, please visit the MHS website:
Double Up Veggie Bucks KEENE
Use EBT at the Farmers Market of Keene and double your money for fruits, vegetables, meat, milk, bread, and more.
Date: Tuesdays and Saturdays until October
Time: 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Place: Gilbo Avenue parking lot, Keene, NH (behind Margaritas)
For more information email
Double Up Veggie Bucks WALPOLE
Use EBT at the Walpole Farmers Market and double your money for fruits, vegetables, meat, milk, bread, and more.
Date: Fridays through October 10
Time: 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Place: Walpole Common, Walpole, NH
For more information visit,
or email
Day of Caring
Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Time: Varies based on the projects
Place: Throughout the Monadnock Region
For information about volunteering, or if you are a nonprofit in need of volunteers, email Marianne at or call 603-352-4209.
MUW Campaign Kickoff: KEENE
Date: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Place: Keene Country Club, 755 West Hill Road, Keene, NH

MUW Campaign Kickoff: PETERBOROUGH
Date:Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Place:The Village at RiverMead, Village Hall, 150 RiverMead Road, Peterborough, NH

For more information, email Cameron at or call 603-352-4209.
Keene High Class of 2015 SUPER 5K
Benefits the KHS Class of 2015 and Monadnock United Way
Date: Sunday, September 21, 2014
Time: 7:45 a.m. Registration
Place: Keene High School, 43 Arch St., Keene, NH
Cost: $20 (day of race) or register online at
Healthy Monadnock 2020 5th Annual Champions Celebration!
Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
Time: 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Place: Keene High School Cafeteria, 43 Arch St., Keene, NH
For more information, contact Kelsey Plifka at or 603-345-5454 ext. 2322.
Ham Fest at the Keene Senior Center
Date: Saturday, October 25, 2014
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Place: Keene Senior Center, 70 Court St., Keene, NH
Cost: $8 for non-members; $7 for members and seniors 65 and older; $6 children age 6-12. Tickets can be purchased at the Senior Center. Only 100 will be sold.
For more information, contact the Keene Senior Center at 603-352-5037.
Healthy Monadnock 2020
Healthiest Community Summit IV

Keynote speaker: Jeff Furman, Chairman of the Board of Ben & Jerry's Inc.
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014
Time: 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Place: Monadnock Covenant Church, Route 9, Keene, NH
Please RSVP to Kelsey Plifka at or 603-345-5454 ext. 2322.

In This Issue:

On the AirSeptember on WKBK…

The guest on “The Dan Mitchell Morning Show” at 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, August 20, 2014 will be
Monadnock United Way

WKBK regularly features a Monadnock United Way agency on the third Wednesday of each month.



Super 5K

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Monadnock United Way Kicks Off 2014-2015 Campaign on September 11, 2014

The official Campaign Kickoff is will be Thursday, September 11, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Keene Country Club. New this year, we are having a second Campaign Kickoff event in Peterborough on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 from 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. at The Village at RiverMead, Village Hall.

MUW 2014-15 Kickoff



5:00 PM-6:30 PM





5:00 PM-6:30 PM


Please RSVP to or call 603-352-4209 by Thursday, September 4, 2014

A big THANK YOU to this year's Kickoff Sponsor:


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Monadnock United Way Is Offering Another Convenient Way for Donors to Make Contributions to the Campaign


Should you choose not to make a contribution through payroll deduction or use a credit card (charging 3% processing fees), we now offer Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). EFT is a system of transferring money from one bank account directly to another without any paper money changing hands. The growing popularity of EFT for online bill payment is paving the way for a paperless universe where checks, stamps, envelopes, and paper bills are obsolete. The benefits of EFT include reduced administrative costs, increased efficiency, simplified bookkeeping, and greater security.

For more information, contact Marianne at or call 352-4020. Thank you for considering a donation to our campaign that supports close to 50 human service agencies across the region.

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Volunteer on September 11, 2014!

On Thursday, September 11, Monadnock United Way will host its annual Day of Caring — your opportunity to give back by helping various community nonprofits. Teams of volunteers from across the Monadnock Region will gather to complete much-needed tasks, such as painting, landscaping, gardening, and general repairs, for various nonprofits, schools, churches and local parks.

In conjunction with Monadnock United Way‘s Day of Caring, Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center will also carry out its National Day of Service and Remembrance event, Honoring Our Veterans, on September 11 to provide support to veterans and immediate military family members throughout the Monadnock Region.

Together, Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center, Monadnock United Way, businesses, and many community volunteers, aspire to make this day a significant event in the Monadnock Region.

Interested in Volunteering for
Monadnock United Way Day of Caring?

Please complete a Day of Caring Volunteer Form, available from Marianne at the Monadnock United Way office. Your team leader will be responsible for organizing volunteers and contacting the agency prior to the Day of Caring to confirm project details.

For more information regarding Monadnock United Way Day of Caring, contact Marianne by phone at 603-352-4209, or email at

Interested in Volunteering for Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center Honoring Our Veterans?

Monadnock RSVP Volunteer Center is seeking veterans and adults age 55 and over to serve in teams to help less-able veterans and their families with home repairs, weatherization, and seasonal projects.

Volunteers with special skills, as well as willing laborers, are welcome. For more information to volunteer, or to request help with a project if you are a veteran or immediate military family member, please call Monadnock RSVP at 603-357-6893 or 603-924-7350 for the Greater Peterborough area, or visit

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Home Healthcare, Hospice & Community Services Fall Programs and Training

HCS Offers Flu Clinics

Flu Shots at HCSHome Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services (HCS) will hold flu immunization clinics throughout the Monadnock Region during September and October.

These clinics are open to the public ages 19 years or older. No appointment is needed. Medicare, Anthem BCBS, Harvard Pilgrim, and MVP insurances will be accepted, or there is a $25 fee for the vaccine. People are encouraged to wear loose sleeves. Vaccinations will be administered by an HCS wellness nurse.

Conversation Café: Preparing for a Good End of Life

Conversation CafeHow we want to spend the end of our life represents the most important conversation many people never have. Thinking about something either expected or unexpected happening to us or someone we care about is frightening, but planning ahead is practical and leaves more room for peace of mind. The Conversation Café is where these discussions can take place. Most people say that they would like to stay at home at the end of their life, but 80% die in hospitals or nursing homes. The Conversation Café puts families at the center of the conversation about what is a good end of life. These conversations are an opportunity for family members to gather information and begin the conversation.

The Conversation Café: Preparing for a Good End of Life is now offered in Peterborough and will take place on Wednesday, September 10 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at HCS, 45 Main Street, Suite 316. The Conversation Café will continue to be offered in Peterborough on the second Wednesday of every month.

The Conversation Café also continues to meet in Keene on the last Wednesday of every month. Join HCS on Wednesday, September 24 from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at HCS at 312 Marlboro Street, Keene.

Jennifer McCalley, MSW, a palliative care social worker with HCS will facilitate the exploration of this very human conversation as people consider what they want, both in life and during its closure.

Refreshments will be available. There is no charge to attend, but reservations are necessary and can be made by calling Karen at 352-2253. Residents of any area community are welcome to attend.

Home Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services provides wellness services throughout southwestern New Hampshire. For a complete listing of clinics in your area, visit or call 352-2253.

Fall Hospice Volunteer Training

Hospice TrainingHospice at HCS is offering a volunteer training program starting in September for those who are interested in becoming volunteers. The training will begin on September 24 and continues on Wednesday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. through November 5. Training will be held at the HCS Keene office at 312 Marlboro Street.

Volunteers are members of the hospice care team, providing support to the patient and to family members. After completing the training, volunteers assist hospice patients with interests such as writing letters, reading, playing board games, scrap booking, or may accompany a patient to a community event or to visit friends; volunteers also provide respite to family members. Hospice volunteers are especially needed during the day, but time can be very flexible and work around employment and travel commitments.

The training program is offered free of charge, but class size is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, contact Lorraine Bishop, Hospice at HCS Volunteer Coordinator at 352-2253 or

Hospice at HCS is a not for profit hospice with offices in Peterborough, and in Keene at 312 Marlboro Street. Care is provided wherever a person calls home — their own home, or in an assisted living facility or nursing home.

HCS is a Monadnock United way Agency.

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The SCS Fuel Assistance Program Is Officially Open!

  1. Households are welcome to contact SCS to schedule a Fuel Assistance appointment (SCS phone numbers: 603.352.7512 for Cheshire County and 603.542.9528 for Sullivan County). Calling the office and scheduling an appointment is the best way to access the program.
  2. Intake staff will ask questions pertaining to that specific household and mail an appointment packet. This appointment packet will contain a sheet with the day/time of the meeting as well as a checklist of what to bring. We try to include a landlord form in the packet for renters so that they can work on getting the landlord form completed prior to their appointment.
  3. Intake staff will go through the paperwork and enter information into the application. If they have everything they need, they will ask the applicant to sign the application and will explain that we will be in touch. If they do not have everything they need to complete the application, they will provide the applicant with a reminder form outlining what is still needed. The reminder form is carbon-copied and a copy is held in the incomplete file.
  4. If the information is not received within thirty (30) days of the application date, the file is denied and the household can schedule a new appointment.
  5. Benefit letters are not mailed until mid-November. We receive our funding (begin paying fuel bills) in December.
  6. Other tips/info:
    • Households need to choose one heating type for the benefit to be assigned, even if they have several heating types.
    • We do NOT change vendors/fuel types once the benefit has been assigned except for extreme situations (furnace no longer working — needs to switch to wood, for example).
    • We view everyone living under one roof as a household — which means we need income documentation for everyone.
    • If a household moves and still has a benefit remaining, they need to complete a change form in order to have any remaining benefit available to use in their new location.
    • Again, the best way to access any of the energy programs (Fuel Assistance, Electric Assistance, etc.) is to call the main office(s) and ask for that program. An appointment will be scheduled to begin the process.
  7. We continue to take applications for the Electric Assistance Program as well. Again, please call the SCS office to schedule an appointment and begin the process.

Thank you,
SCS Energy Services Staff

SCS is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Ham Feast at The Keene Senior Center

HamfestHam Feast comes to The Keene Senior Center on Saturday, October 25 at 5:00 p.m. Menu includes: Ham, baked beans, scallop potatoes, coleslaw, bread, and apple pie. Seeking volunteers to make and donate bake beans, scallop potatoes, coleslaw, and apples pies. One free ticket will be given for each food dish donated.

$8 non-members, $7 members and seniors 65+, $6 children age 6-12.

Tickets can be purchased at the Senior Center. Only 100 will be sold, so don’t miss out!

(Artwork by Robert Seaman)

The Keene Senior Center is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Pay for Prevention: Oral Health Project at Southwestern Community Services

SCS-WIC ProgramSCS WIC is participating in a project with the NH Oral Health Program. The New Hampshire Oral Health Program (NH OHP) received funding from two local foundations, HNH Foundation and the Jessie B. Cox Trust, to implement the WIC Pay for Prevention Oral Health Project. The mission of the project is to improve the oral health of women and children enrolled in NH Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC). WIC is a federally funded public health nutrition program which provides nutrition education, nutritious foods, breastfeeding support, and healthcare referrals for income-eligible women who are pregnant or postpartum, infants, and children up to age 5. The Pay for Prevention Project funds the delivery of preventive oral health services by a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) to these underserved pregnant woman and children 0-5 years at three WIC sites throughout the southern part of the state. These services include: oral health screenings, parent education, the application of fluoride varnish and dental sealants, and referrals for more extensive restorative care.

The dental program in the Keene WIC clinics is being well received. The number of women and children seen by the hygienist has tripled since the project started in May. Participants can receive dental services at the same time as their WIC appointment — this eliminates a barrier to services — time and transportation for 2 different appointments in 2 different times and places can be a challenge. We have had lots of clients eager to have their children receive dental care, as well as many pregnant women who want to be healthy during pregnancy. Having a registered dental hygienist right in the WIC clinic is so convenient. In Keene, Marcia, the registered dental hygienist, and Carrie, the dental assistant, are able to refer pregnant women in need of more extensive care to a program where they are able to see a dentist in the area for care such as teeth pulling, filling cavities, etc., that normally isn’t covered by Medicaid insurance or that is outside the scope of the WIC Oral Health Program. The hygienists feel that they are able to catch families that are having trouble making it into the dental office and that they are making a real difference.

SCS is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Area Childcare Centers Launch Fundraising Shoe Drives

Monadnock Community Early Learning Center and Winchester Learning Center are conducting shoe collection drives between now and the end of October to raise funds their Childcare Centers.

Shoe DriveIndividuals can help by dropping off gently worn, used shoes at the Monadnock Community Learning Center or at the following drop off locations in Jaffrey: Chamber of Commerce, Belletetes, People’s United Bank, The Melamine Cup, and Soaps-N- Suds Laundromat; or in Peterborough: Chamber of Commerce, La Mia Casa, Our Town Pizza, Peterborough Pizza Barn, People’s United Bank Route 202, and the River Center.

To help the Winchester Learning Center, shoes can be dropped off at the Center at 109 Keene Road in Winchester, or call Roberta Royce at 603-238-7347 and arrange for a pick up.

In the US alone, approximately 630 million pairs of shoes are thrown away per year. The materials used to manufacture a pair of shoes are created from chemical compounds that will create health hazards if left to disintegrate openly or in landfills. By donating your gently worn, used shoes, your shoes are given a second chance to make a difference. All donated shoes will be redistributed to Micro-enterprise partners through Funds2Orgs and used in developing nations for impoverished people to start, maintain, and grow a unique business opportunity to feed, clothe, and house their families. To learn more about Funds2Orgs, visit

If you, or a local organization, are interested in learning more about this opportunity or participating in one of the shoe drives you may contact Debra Vaughan at Monadncok Community Early Learning Center by phone at 603-532-6021 or email or contact Roberta Royce at Winchester Learning Center at 603-239-7347.

Monadnock Community Early Learning Center and Winchester Learning Center are Monadnock United Way Agencies.

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Healthy Monadnock 2020 Champions Celebration and Healthiest Community Summit

Champions CelebrationHealthiest Community Summit IV

For more information about these events, contact Kelsey at or 603-354-5454 ext 2322.

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Hundred Nights Pumpkin Fest Hostel —
Help Hundred Nights Provide Shelter This Winter!

Do you have friends coming to Pumpkin Fest from out of town? Not enough room for them? Stay in our Hostel Accommodations at Hundred Nights Inc. Downtown Keene, In the Heart of Pumpkin Fest!

  • Clean dormitory-style bunk beds, 2 private bathrooms, 1 with a beautiful new shower
  • The large room has 14 bunks. The family room has 8 bunks. The little room has 2 bunks
  • Breakfast included Friday, October 17 and Saturday, October 18: Bagels, Cream Cheese, Melon, Coffee, Juice
  • Space is limited to 24 people per night. Reservations required

For more details please call 603-352-5197, ask for Mindy. $50 per person per night/large families negotiable. Includes NH 9% Room Tax. We accept all major credit cards.

Hundred Nights is a Monadnock United Way Agency.

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Healthy Monadnock 2020 Launches New Interactive Website!

Healthy Monadnock 2020 has a new interactive website to help members of the Monadnock Region community develop healthy living habits!

Healthy Monadnock 2020 is a comprehensive resource for local information about community health improvement, personal health and wellness, and physical activity across multiple sectors in the Monadnock Region.

The site includes helpful blog posts by local Champions, monthly giveaways, local forums on healthy eating and active living, healthy living action alerts, health message text alerts, many links to local and national resources, a calendar of local events and more!

The goal of the new site is to provide visitors with an easier way to learn about Healthy Monadnock 2020, Champions and HM2020 partners, and how to get involved as the community works together to become the nation’s healthiest community. The site is also a place for people to sign up to become Healthy Monadnock 2020 Champions, a commitment to “walk the talk” and promote healthy living in the region. To date, there are 86 Organizational Champions, 19 School Champions and over 2,400 individuals who are “championing” the cause of Healthy Monadnock 2020’s mission to become the nation’s healthiest community by the year 2020.

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Monadnock United Way On Cheshire TV

LIVE UNITED TVWatch Cheshire TV Channel 8 (Time Warner Cable) every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. and see how our partner agencies, donors, volunteers, and corporate partners LIVE UNITED!

Can’t watch it on Wednesdays, or you are not a Time Warner subscriber, episodes are posted on the Monadnock United Way YouTube Channel (

How do you LIVE UNITED? Email and tell us. If your story is read on the TV show you’ll win a LIVE UNITED t-shirt!

All schedules are subject to change without notice.

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Wish List

The deadline for Wish List items in the next U Review (September 2014) is Monday, August 18, 2014. Please send your Wish List updates and additions to Wish List items that have not been confirmed or updated are purged every quarter (January, April, July, and October), so please remember to keep your items current.

Hundred Nights
Paper plates, hot and cold cups, paper towels, napkins, coffee, creamer, sugar and sugar substitute, heat and eat meals — 352-5197

Keene Senior Center
Window air conditioners for the large, multipurpose room; Card making supplies (blank cards, blank card envelopes, card stock, stamps, embossing pens, colored pencils, stencils, double sided tape, scissors, cutting board (Fiskar) and punches); Lockable filing cabinets with keys; Windows 7 or newer computers — 352-5037

MAPS Counseling Services
A decent used (or new) acoustic guitar — Gary at 355-2244, ext. 8104Wishing

Monadnock Area Peer Support Agency (MPS)
Nightstand; Bedside lamp; Toaster; Zentangle How-To Art Books; Ultra-Thin Markers (for Zentangle); Crochet Hooks; also for the Marla Stefflre Shelf, the following items are needed: Toilet paper; Paper towels; Tissues; Trash bags; Ziploc bags; Disposable latex and vinyl gloves; Diswashing gloves; Toiletries such as hand lotion, shampoo and conditioner, hand sanitizer, body wash, hand soap, shaving cream; Tampons, sanitary napkins and depends; Disposable razors (female and male); Cleaning supplies; Diapers and wipes for babies — 352-5093

Monadnock Humane Society
Dry dog food; Better-quality canned dog food (IAMS, etc.) — 352-9011

Southwestern Community Services: Housing Stabilization Services
Bike racks; Washer and dryer sets; Wooden outdoor play set; Dorm size refrigerator; Industrial broom for sweeping driveways; Weed Whacker — 352-7512

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